“Roppongi Art Night 2019” is an event where the whole Roppongi district turns into an art stage for one night. Artworks from all over the world are spread throughout the whole area. This year, the festival, first held in 2009, will be on May 25-26th. This is one of the hottest events of the year in Tokyo, so you don’t want to miss out on it. In this article we will introduce the event and share all the information you need to know in advance to make the most out of this spectacular event!
What kind of artworks can you enjoy during the event?
At “Roppongi Art Night”, there is a focus on young Japanese artists, however, there are also many artworks by artists from all around the world. It’s the festival’s diversity, with its large installations, dynamic live performances, multimedia works including music or video, and other various types of interactive artworks which makes this event so special.
What about this year’s highlights?
This year’s theme is “Night Journey, Daydream”. A total of 80 installations will be scattered all over the Roppongi neighborhood. The main highlights are the shows and huge artwork showcased every year at “Roppongi Hills Arena”. The main artist this year is Korean artist and designer Choi Jeong Hwa, who was in charge of the art direction for the opening and closing ceremonies of the 2018 Winter Olympics in Korea.
Apart from the main events, there are of course many, many other attractions. I would personally recommend the smaller installations you can discover while taking a night stroll around Roppongi! One that seems particularly interesting is Hiroyasu Shimo’s installaton “Towareru Hito” (“Captured Person”).
What time should I go?
Considering the name of the event, the most exciting time to experience it is throughout Saturday night, until Sunday morning. But there are also installations that can be enjoyed during the Saturday afternoon and evening, or on Sunday morning. So no worries if you aren’t a night owl!
Where should I go?
Due to it being the home of three cutting-edge art museums, a particular area in Roppongi is known as “Art Triangle Roppongi”. During this event however, the entire neighborhood of Roppongi turns into one enormous art museum!
The main parts of the artworks are concentrated in the Roppongi Hills area (including inside the shopping mall), Roppongi Hills Arena, Tokyo Midtown, 21_21 Design Sight, etc.
Moreover, the nightclub “SEL OCTAGON TOKYO”, introduced in the last article, also hosts an art installation that you can visit for free!
Detailed information about “Roppongi Art Night 2019” can be found on the official website. Furthermore, staff will be handing out event programs at the exits of the stations nearby, so there is no need to worry about getting lost.
All in all, Roppongi Art Night is a true “night owl art event” and one of Tokyo’s hottest and most exciting events. It would be a waste if you missed it. Whether you come by yourself or if you bring your friends or family along, everyone will find an art piece that they like. So, if you plan to come to Tokyo at the end of May, go and see “Roppongi Art Night”!
Roppongi Art Night 2019
May 25th 10:00 to May 26th 18:00 (Saturday and Sunday)
Nearest stations: Roppongi Station, Nogizaka Station (there is also a free night bus)
Past articles on Roppongi Art Night: